The day before Voting Day
What a boring, nasty election full of innuendos, accusations and falsehoods, and very little in the way of substantive ideas. This was not about MPs so much as about the leader of the country. CBC, instead of promoting democracy, furthered the concept of a leader being elected in all 338 ridings. Only in Canada eh? pity.
The spectre of a coalition government has not appeared in Canadian political history until now and has been blown out of all proportion.
Yes the Liberals, NDP and Bloq foolishly announced that they would vote together to defeat Harper’s minority government in a non-confidence vote and form an alliance, not a coalition, to run government which resulted in Harper proroguing government to avoid that situation. An alliance is not a coalition. Remember what he said in the house, prior to proroguing, about what any alliance with a separatist party would do for constitutionality? Typically, he raised the idea again that a party interested almost entirely in what was/is good for Quebec had to be separatist, and that is typical of all western blockheads’ thinking.
Now we have his minion Andrew Sheer (another western blockhead) raising the spectre of a Liberal- NDP coalition because the NDP have flatly ruled out any chance of working with a conservative minority and even though the Liberals have not agreed to the Scheer proposed coalition accusation. The NDP raised the possibility of a coalition with the Liberals and of course, Scheer jumped all over that as fact in another form of smear tactic against Trudeau. Typical.
What we have here are two young males still in political short pants (so to speak), one of whom has made some serious mistakes in the last 4 years, and the other who was perhaps the worst Speaker in our History. One tries to tell us what he has done well, and how he wants to do more, and the other ignores the climate and our aboriginal people, but pours scorn and hate on his rival. Between them there is obviously no love and perhaps no respect. One warns of the other and the usual conservative tactics of less tax for the wealthy corporations and more for the people along with service cuts, while the other slams, curses and personally attacks the other. Children! Grow up damn it!
I listened to one speech, how typical I don’t know as I try to avoid most of them lately, in which Scheer raised the spectacle of Diefenbaker and Mulroney as two shining examples of Conservative PMs. Wow. Yes, the Deief gave us the Bill of Rights, but he also cancelled the Avro Arrow once the impossible was accomplished and how much money did we spend on that wonderful plane? Not sure what the symbolism was meant to be here, maybe that our success is not acceptable south of the border and their discontent must be appeased; so, is that a clue about Scheer? With Mulroney everything is much clearer. He gave what was left of our sovereignty to the USA through FTA and blew the national debt up from approx. $93 billion to approx. $440 billion before he gave over power to Campbell. Another shining example of a true Canadian? Harper raised it again to just nudging under $1 trillion from approx. $515 billion to give himself a balanced operating budget. Hah! So, the references Scheer was suggesting in relation to himself was?
Does it appear that I have no time for Scheer? Well, that is correct. His action as Speaker over the Brad Butt affair still rankles with me and act as a guide to the man he really is as opposed to what he projects.
Does that mean that I support Trudeau? Only if that was the only alternative. His election promise being broken may well have come back to haunt him, and his actions re the first peoples are still seriously lacking.
Neither of these men has any clue what democracy might have been and will not practice it given the chance with a majority. So, the best outcome and the one that seems most likely now is a minority government with the balance of power split between three parties – if the Greens reach party status and I hope they do – and that could actually lead to better governance; that is if the lust for power can lower its ugly head for a while and if our elected representatives can actually work for both Canada and us for a change.
Oh, to be free of the corporate chains Canada.